In­dia still keen to host day-night test against NZ

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

NEW DELHI—Plans to host a first day-night Test in In­dia later this year re­main in­tact, the coun­try’s cricket board (BCCI) sec­re­tary said on Tues­day, dis­miss­ing a lo­cal me­dia re­port that prospec­tive op­po­nents New Zealand had re­jected the idea.

In April, the BCCI de­cided that one match of a three-Test se­ries against New Zealand would be a day-night af­fair, pend­ing tri­als of the pink-ball in a do­mes­tic tour­na­ment, with Kolkata’s Eden Gar­dens a pop­u­lar choice for the con­test.

A lo­cal me­dia re­port claimed New Zealand Cricket (NZC) were wary of the dew fac­tor and ground con­di­tions in In­dia dur­ing the se­ries sched­uled to start in Septem­ber and had con­veyed their re­luc­tance to BCCI of­fi­cials.

BCCI sec­re­tary Ajay Shirke, in a text mes­sage to Reuters, said the plan re­mained very much on.

An NZC spokesman con­firmed New Zealand, who played the first pink-ball test against Aus­tralia in Novem­ber, were com­mit­ted to a day-night Test in In­dia.

“NZC has taken the pre­cau­tion of con­tact­ing the BCCI to ad­vise state­ments in the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing a day-night Test are in no way rep­re­sen­ta­tive of our po­si­tion, and that no such com­ments have been made by our Board,” the spokesper­son told www.stuff.co.nz.

“The only com­ment NZC has made on the mat­ter is that it’s sup­port­ive of the con­cept and that stance hasn’t changed.”—AFP

Stephen Don­ald of the Chiefs makes a break to set up the open­ing try dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Test match be­tween the Chiefs and Wales at Waikato Sta­dium in Hamil­ton, New Zealand.

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